well, there are other considerations that you should have other than making it into big law. At these schools you would have to be in the top 10% to make it into a biglaw position. With that said I know a Washington and Lee graduate who was editor of a journal and top 10% without an offer from a big law firm. So, I would suggest that you pick the school in the city in which you want to practice. It will be really hard to graduate and then move back to the state you want to practice and then take their bar exam. Also, 10% is not good odds. Would you enter into a wager where you had a 10% chance of winning? Chances are you will not be in the top 10%, trust me. I am a 3L and it is really really hard to do. Everyone else wants it and there are people that spend all day in the library AND are really smart. I ended up going to a good school in the city where I grew up and got a job working for a small firm. I actually think at this point that I would be unhappy working for a big firm. Small firms can make a good amount of money. For instance, the lawyer I work for settled a case last year for over $800K in fees. This is on top of all of his other cases. He started his own law firm right after he graduated and within 3 years he had a 1 million dollar settlement in a case. So trust me, go to the school where you want to practice, which for most people is where they grew up. Then try and decide if biglaw if for you. In biglaw you will be pressured into working long hours doing memos on minor issues for a case. You will be looking through documents etc. After about 5 years then you might be able to do a motion or take a little more responsibility for a case. And these days making partner is less than guaranteed. On the other hand, finding a good small firm, where the lawyer is willing to take you on as an apprentice while you are in school, then you will learn a TON about trying cases and law practice. I understand why people want big law though. Its guaranteed big money right out of the gate. But that doesnt make happiness. There are many people that go biglaw and end up leaving after a few years, and dont know how to try cases or practice law.
Just a little about the schools
Pepperdine is in a community that is really expensive to live in and in a state that has a TON of law schools. It is close to LA and LA has a TON of law schools.
Colorado is in a smaller town north of denver, you will have problems networking with lawyers for biglaw or any other law for that matter unless you are willing to make the drive to denver frequently.
Cincinnati and Ohio State, not real sure about these schools.